Beware of Ladies

Beware of Ladies
Politics hasn’t changed much since 1936, but if you like watching a female character who is more motivated by her work than her emotional entanglements, Beware of Ladies is an entertaining choice.

Reporter Betty White works for the Daily News and she’s in dire need of a vacation. She just caught her husband, Freddie, “lunching” with another woman. Freddie has a history of “lunching” and Betty has had enough. His excuse is, since he is unemployed and Betty works during the day, he gets lonely.

Poor Freddie. So what if he has to spend Betty’s hard earned money on other women? It’s not his fault he’s a loser.

After two years of picking up the tab for her husband’s indiscretions, Betty packs her trunk, moves out, and cuts her losses. She doesn’t pine, or blame, or cry. She simply realizes that Freddie is a bit of a bum, and she deserves better. What’s more, she has time off coming and Bermuda is looking pretty good this time of year.

Her editor thinks not.

There’s a big election coming up and it seems Betty is the only one who can profile clean-as-a-whistle political newcomer, George Martin, and convince him to court the decisive women’s vote.

Martin believes that the issues are more important than playing the political game. The problem is, if Martin doesn’t actively pursue the women’s vote, then the current D.A. will be re-elected and he is just a front man for the wealthy and corrupt John Williams.

Betty knows that Williams plays dirty. Very dirty. So dirty, that he is not above engaging the services of small town grifter Randy Randall to manufacture dirt on squeaky-clean Martin.

Luckily, Betty White is already on the scene and is savvy to how the political game can work, but will she uncover Randall’s smear campaign before it is too late? Better yet, can she convince Freddie to do the right thing for once in his miserable life, or will she end up at the bottom of an elevator shaft?

Let’s just say that when an election is on the line, no one should underestimate the power of a lady.

**I screened this film at my own expense and did not receive any remuneration for this review.

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